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Portuguese Eurovision Books

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 18, 2018 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Two new books about Eurovision will be soon available, this time at the host country, Portugal and in portuguese language.

"Portugal 12 pts - Festival da Canção" (Âncora), about the portuguese National Final and Eurovision it's written by Jorge Mangorrinha and João Callixto, two researchers about Tourism and Music, respectively.

On the other hand, the first portuguese president of OGAE Portugal, journalist and creative supervisor of Eurovision 2018 will release "Eurovisão - dos ABBA a Salvador Sobral" (Esfera dos Livros).

These two bibliographic records will remark the portuguese victory and will work as a souvenir of Eurovision in Portugal, mostly for fan collectors. 

Salvador: at Luisa's Concert and at next ESC

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 17, 2018 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Luísa Sobral debuted last Friday at the Estoril Casino's (Lisbon area) to perform the best themes of his career. In the concert, Salvador Sobral starred in the high moment of the night when he took the stage to play with his sister Amar Pelos Dois.

Luisa and Salvador Sobral performed the theme that earned them the victory at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017, one of the first performances of Salvador Sobral after having undergone heart transplant surgery. It was the penultimate show from Luisa's tour as she has been touring the country since last September. 

Guaranteed is also the performance of Salvador Sobral at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, on May 12, at the Altice Arena, taking the stage with the Brazilian Caetano Veloso. For those who are not familiar with Brazilian Music, Caetano is one of the biggest names on the brazilian music scene. He is been awarded with 9 Latin Grammy Awards and the Grammy for Best Music World Album. 

source: DN  picture: Casino Estoril

"I want to be the next Jon Ola Sand"

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 12, 2018 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I was watching the show of RTP dedicated to Eurovision, especially because 30 days are missing! And the countdown has already begun!

The program did not bring me anything new because I follow Eurovision every day but there was a moment that brought me beautiful memories of when I was a child! With the great difference that I was not a child in the XXI century, but in the 80's. Therefore, I did not have internet and the Eurovision news came to us weeks before through the videos that the public television broadcast. I still remember to record the songs with my radio tape. Silence please! And my whole family respected my admiration for Eurovision.

I still remember the first day! It was the year of 1981 and since there was nothing else to see on television, my family, as everyone in Europe I suppose, gathered around television. I remember that I asked my uncle: "What program is this? Is it repeated next year?" And everything started there! 1982, I was weekly informed but waiting for the big moment: Doce and their Bem Bom; Lucia and her song Él. When it was over, I remember that we called my Spanish family to talk about Eurovision.

We received information on the TV Guide, the week before and the week after! And although we always expected a good result, Portugal never won!

But today, watching the program about Eurovision on television, a 10-year-old boy appeared! His name is João Parreira and they interviewed him because he likes Eurovision. I saw him 30 years ago! João says that his friends do not understand him because they do not like Eurovision, they like to play football, but little by little they start watching and listening the songs! João spends all the time he can listening Eurovision Songs at YOUTUBE.

I always felt, somehow just like João, someone who could not talk about Eurovision! And is that the internet did not exist! We had no mobile!

João's mother explains that her son no longer likes playing with the computer so much, he likes Eurovision, he wants to be a Eurovisiologist. "I want to be the next Jon Ola Sand", he said! Almost like me! With the difference that I did not talk about it! Even once in a high school class where I read something written at a table "One step out of time, one reason ..."! WOW! It was Michael Ball's song! And even if it was anonymous, I did not have the courage to write anything so that my partner from another class would realize that I also liked Eurovision. I found out ten years later when I met him in a Eurovision chat room.

Today João did a Quizz about the contest and of course he guessed everything! In the end, his mother gave him a ticket to watch Eurovision! João almost cried!

How will the future eurofan be? And how would I be if I had internet 30 years ago? And how would I be if Portugal had won Eurovision when I was a child?

Thank you João!

Nuno Valerio 

Concerts at the Eurovision Village

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 12, 2018 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The portuguese public television, RTP, broadcasted a program about Eurovision in two parts, in the morning and in the afternoon. In this broadcast it was possible to see how the setting of the stage is being done, how the postcards (Cyprus, Bulgaria and Russia) have been recorded, how the accreditation process is done, how the staff works and where the backstages will be. Always with performances of Eurovision songs and with some interviews, the broadcast was an opportunity to introduce the list of concerts that will be in the Eurovision Village from the 4th to the 12th of May, by Henrique Amaro. Don't miss it if you come to Lisbon.

Apart from ESC artists that might be present performing their songs, the now schedule concerts are the following:

4th - Beat Bombers (DJ Ride and Stereo Sounds)

5th - Dance sound of Lisbon - A Show by Moulinex

6th - Tribute to the former eurovision artists Carlos Paião, Simone de Oliveira and Doce

7th - Banda do Mar

8th - 1st semifinal - big screen

9th - Day of Europe - Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa

10th - 2nd semifinal - big screen

11th - Orelha Negra & Capicua (A Guerrilha Cor de Rosa - Guests: Ana Bacalhau and Marta Rhen among others)

12th - Grand Final of Eurovision  - big screen

The Eurovision Village will be at the Praça do Comercio. The access will be controlled but the admission is free and everyone is welcome!

International ticket search exceeded 72%

Posted by Eurovision On Top on April 3, 2018 at 2:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Those who expect to see a Portuguese audience in the ESC may be mistaken. RTP president Gonçalo Reis said Monday that 72% of the tickets for Eurovision, which runs in May in Lisbon, went to the international market, in a total of 80 countries.

Asked about how the sale of Eurovision tickets is taking place, the president of RTP said that it is being a "huge success". Normally, he said, "the standard of tickets in Eurovision is 70% for the domestic market," according to the latest editions of the event.


"At the Eurovision in Lisbon 2018, international demand has already exceeded 72%, we sell tickets to 80 countries," said the manager. These data demonstrate "the interest, the projection that this event will have", which translates into "a great opportunity for Portugal, for the music industry and for Lisbon". Lisbon will be the stage for the semi-finals and final of the Eurovision competition, which Portugal won in the last edition, which corresponds to "a whole week of big events".

Next 5th of April the last round of tickets will go on sale.